You got the good info here. All I can add is do a few more bellies, use one standard (like Pop's brine)try different methods of restin / drying and slicing. Take notes of what you've done.
Lastly, don't compare your bacon with the store bought stuff.
Thanks for reminding me, I have two bellies...
I'm in this boat...
I bottled my "sauce" at just below a simmer into boiled bottles so I know it's sterile. Now, being my first go around at bottling, I tried some of both and they are really good. I let them set for a week and then some and here's what I have.
Soaker hose and simple elbows, tees and caps can make for a very custom setup. Finding some bulk hose instead of the hoses with fittings will be a good step since you'll want to cut it to custom lengths to fit your garden and branch out to drip near the plants. They also are easily removed...
Squirrels need to eat. Feed them regularly to earn their trust then give them a little dietary supplement to help them sleep. Hopefully you can remove them from their resting place before they stink.
I put raw peanuts in a feeder out on my back fence. I have no intention of eliminating the...
Hit the nearest Goodwill or whatever thrift shop. Any decent metal lid will work as long as it has the height and diameter to cover the grub.
You're gonna love that griddle!
Take your time seasoning.. Clean the griddle very well with soap and water then clean it again. I suggest no less than 5...
It's all fun and games until that claw comes from under a door after your sock which is attached to your foot.
Our former cat Tom Thumbs would jump up on our backs and sit on our shoulders. It didn't hurt when he was a kitten but I'm glad he gave up the habit.
I almost thought your post was a reflection of me.. I usually check in and and say, My name is Pete and I am a(n) .." This is the only meeting I attend to now.
Do you surf fish by any chance?